Ty Segall, “Ty Rex”
Release date: Nov. 27
Label: Goner Records
Ty Segall is, hands down, one the best and most prolific artists currently shaping the landscape of underground/fringe rock ’n’ roll today. If you are a fan of contemporary garage rock and its many, many tendrils and tangents, you are likely already a fan and are well aware. Maybe you picked up the latest Fuzz record reviewed right here in DGO, on which Ty plays drums, synthesizers and offers up backing vocals. Or maybe you heard the stellar sophomore record from Pacific Northwest surf rock outfit La Luz, which was produced and mixed by Mr. Segall and released this past August. Perhaps you swooped his double 7” vinyl EP early in 2015.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then chances are better than likely that you’ve already heard some or most of these T. Rex covers. They had been previously released on Record Store Day in 2011 and 2013, but are collected here for the first time in one concise release, plus a previously unreleased take of “20th Century Boy.” Segall has been long making music with T. Rex in mind, crafting songs of his own that pay homage to the glam rocker with ample amounts of fuzz, hum and nostalgia.
No signs of slowing in 2016, look for a brand new LP titled “Emotional Mugger” in January and two new bands with albums TBA: “GØGGS” is a project with Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult, as well as Fuzz bandmate Charles Moothart. “Broken Bat” is a collaboration with members of OFF! and Melvins. Busy busy.
Recommended if you like throwback psychedelia and garage-punk, T Rex, Fuzz, White Fence, Jay Reatard, Thee Oh Sees.
— Jon E. Lynch